HOLYHEAD Hotspur bowed out of the Huws Gray Alliance League Cup on penalties after a superbly contested match at Conwy Borough.
Manager Emlyn Manley-Williams can be satisfied that his side gave everything in a tie which could have gone either way, Hotspur eventually bowing out 4-3 on penalties after a finely poised 120 minutes stalemate.
Both sides fashioned chances, but found Boro keeper Terry McCormick and Hotspur custodian Ben Heald in top form.
Heald was first to impress, reacting excellently to tip a Mike Jukes shot onto the bar.
The Harbourmen’s best chances came in the second period, with Mel McGinness first forcing a save from McCormick, before Jason Owen saw a shot brilliantly saved on 70 minutes.
Hotspur’s best chance came a minute later however, with Mike Edwards creating space for a shot, and he saw his effort come off the post and fall kindly into McCormick’s hands.
Both sides continued to look for the decisive goal in extra time, with Heald again on hand to deny Jukes early in the first period.
Such a finely poised encounter was destined to be decided from the spot, and it was the Tangerines who prevailed, netting through Jukes, Lloyd Ellams, Warren Roberts and Steve Cunningham, while McGinness, Jay Gibbs, and Kenleigh Owen converted for Hotspur.
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First Team and Reserves goal-scorers(updated 16th November)
11 - Jay Gibbs8 - Dale Murphy8 - Dan McGinness8 - Danny Connolly5 - Deion Evans5 - Curt Williams3 - Mel McGinness3 - Myles Jones3 - Rich Williams3 - Rory Courlander2 - Rees Brown2 - Mike Kelly2 - Gareth Owen1 - Kris Dunne1 - Mike Edwards1 - Carl Hagan1 - Kenleigh Owen1 - Jason Owen1 - Tom Roberts1 - Tom Scott1 - Dewi Thomas1 - Dean Garmey1 - Robyn Hodgkinson1 - Dave Webb1 - Darren Gowans